New Historical Fiction Books for Adults
Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most recent Historical Fiction books for adults.
"A South Carolina family endures one life-shattering day in 1961 in a town that lies in the shadow of a nuclear bomb plant. It's November 1, 1961, in a small town in South Carolina, and nuclear war is coming. Nine-year-old Wilson Porter believes this with every fiber of his being. He prowls his neighborhood for Communists and studies fallout pamphlets and the habits of his father, a scientist at the nuclear plant in town. Meanwhile, his mother Nellie covertly joins an anti-nuclear movement led by angry housewives-and his father, Dean, must decide what to do with the damning secrets he's...
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Murder in the Cathedral
The Reverend Mother's investigative skills are called into action again when one of her young pupils is found murdered at St Fin Barre's Cathedral. 1920s. Cork, Ireland. The Reverend Mother's Christmas Day festivities are shattered when the protestant bishop of Cork arrives at the convent with terrible news: one of the Reverend Mother's pupils, the troublesome seven-year-old Edna O'Sullivan, has been found murdered in St Fin Barre's Cathedral. Furthermore, the cathedral's archdeacon, Dr Hearn, is also dead after succumbing to a suspected heart attack in the middle of a service. When it is revealed that both Edna and the archdeacon...
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"2019: Under cover of darkness, Kate flees London for ramshackle Weyward Cottage, inherited from a great aunt she barely remembers. With its tumbling ivy and overgrown garden, the cottage is worlds away from the abusive partner who tormented Kate. But she begins to suspect that her great aunt had a secret. One that lurks in the bones of the cottage, hidden ever since the witch-hunts of the 17th century. 1619: Altha is awaiting trial for the murder of a local farmer who was stampeded to death by his herd. As a girl, Altha's mother taught her their magic, a kind...
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The Echo of Old Books
"Rare-book dealer Ashlyn Greer's affinity for books extends beyond the intoxicating scent of old paper, ink, and leather. She can feel the echoes of the books' previous owners-an emotional fingerprint only she can read. When Ashlyn discovers a pair of beautifully bound volumes that appear to have never been published, her gift quickly becomes an obsession. Not only is each inscribed with a startling incrimination, but the authors, Hemi and Belle, tell conflicting sides of a tragic romance. With no trace of how these mysterious books came into the world, Ashlyn is caught up in a decades-old literary mystery, beckoned...
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The Day the Germans Came
"Helsingør, Denmark, 1943. In the midst of the German occupation during World War II, Inger Bredahl joins the underground resistance and risks her life to save members of Denmark's Jewish community and help them escape to Sweden. Copenhagen, 2018. Inger'sgranddaughter, Cecilie Lund, is mourning her death when a mysterious discovery while cleaning out Inger's flat leads past and present to intersect. As long-held secrets finally see the light of day, Cecilie learns the story of her grandmother's courage and bravery, and of the power of friendship, love, and standing for what's right...even when you have everything to lose"--
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The Rewards of Treachery
"Late summer, CE 198. With Glevum an uneasy place since the current Emperor seized power, and with rebel Celts still actively opposing Roman rule, tension remains as Caesar turns his attention to stamping out all remaining threats to his authority. Junio,Libertus's adopted son, tries to be inconspicuous and focus on his workshop and growing family. This becomes difficult when Libertus's patron, Marcus Septimus, seeks Junio's advice about a valuable cloak-clasp which has disappeared - together with the jeweller who was repairing it. Unwillingly dragged into investigating this, Junio finds himself faced with a string of murders, betrayal and revenge, and...
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A Catalogue of Catastrophe
"Punching well above their weight, Max and Markham set out to bring down a sinister organisation founded in the future--with a suspicious focus on the past. Max's focus is staying alive long enough to reunite with Leon and Matthew, alternately helped andhindered by St. Mary's. Who aren't always the blessing they like to think they are. But non-stop leaping around the timeline--from witnessing Magna Carta to disturbing a certain young man with a penchant for gunpowder--is beginning to take its toll. Is Max going mad? Or are the ghosts of the past finally catching up with her?"--
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"Anchorage, 1956. When Marie and Lawrence first lock eyes at the Moose Lodge, they are immediately drawn together. But when they decide to marry, days later, they are more in love with the promise of homesteading than anything. For Lawrence, his parcel of 150 acres is an opportunity to finally belong in a world that has never delivered on its promise. For Marie, the land is an escape from the empty future she sees spinning out before her, and a risky bet is better than none at all. But over the next few years, as they work the land in...
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The Forgotten Bookshop in Paris
"Paris, 1940: War is closing in on the city of love. With his wife forced into hiding, Jacques must stand by and watch as the Nazis take away everything he holds dear. Everything except his last beacon of hope: his beloved bookshop, La Page Cacȟe. But when a young woman and her child knock on his door one night and beg for refuge, he knows his only option is to risk it all once more to save a life. Modern day: Juliette and her husband have finally made it to France on the romantic getaway of her dreams--but as the...
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The Magician's Daughter
"It is 1912, and for the last seventy years magic has all but disappeared from the world. Yet magic is all Biddy has ever known. Orphaned as a baby, Biddy grew up on Hy-Brasil, a legendary island off the coast of Ireland hidden by magic and glimpsed by rare travelers who return with stories of wild black rabbits and a lone magician in a castle. To Biddy, the island is her home, a place of ancient trees and sea-salt air and mysteries, and the magician, Rowan, is her guardian. She loves both, but as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she is...
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